Mount Fuji Hiking Trails Officially Closed for Summer 2020

For the first time since 1960.

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The summit of Mount Fuji will not be accessible in Summer 2020 as the government of Shizouka Prefecture officially announced the extended closure of its three hiking trails due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to reports, the Subashiri, Gotemba and Fujinomiya hiking trails — all of which begin at the fifth station (Mount Fuji’s halfway point)— will remain closed throughout the 2020 climbing season annually scheduled from July 10 to September 10. Furthermore, the Shizouka Prefecture authorities announced the planned closure of the three prefectural roads that lead to the fifth station.

Shizouka Prefecture’s decision marks the closure of all four publicly-accessible summit trails. Yamanashi Prefecture announced the closure of its popular Yoshida trail less than a week ago, citing similar fears over the COVID-19 pandemic.

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